Givaudan has launched PrimeLock+, a patent-pending encapsulation system that mimics the membrane of animal fat cells, enabling manufacturers to deliver juicier plant-based meat products.
According to Givaudan, maintaining juiciness in meat alternatives can be challenging “as a high proportion of oils are often released during cooking,” resulting in a drier mouthfeel.
The company’s new integrated solution protects flavour and encapsulates and locks in fat in plant-based meat substitutes, releasing it gradually during cooking and consumption.
The vegan-friendly solution is said to allow an up to 75% reduction in fat, while enhancing the eating experience. Visual appeal is improved “with a marbled, fat-like appearance,” while PrimeLock+ also helps boost stability during a product’s shelf life by separating flavours from proteins.
Sylvain Jouet, global product manager for meat substitutes at Givaudan, said: “Givaudan is committed to helping its customers create delicious plant-based products that consumers enjoy. To do this, we have built wide-ranging expertise and a growing suite of integrated solutions and technologies in the alternative protein space.
“In 2019, we asked ourselves how we could improve the eating experience of plant-based burgers; today, after extensive research and development, we are excited to launch PrimeLock+, a unique solution that delivers multiple benefits.”
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